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How people sit is fundamental to their health

The standard sling seat, sling back, collapsible wheelchair was designed to transport people short distances, for short amounts of time, to assist the person pushing the chair, and to make storage easy.

The chair works for the caregiver, but very poorly for the person in it, particularly if it is used for long periods of time and as the primary seating system for the individual.

When frail elders are properly seated in chairs designed to meet their personal needs, improvement in their health is virtually instant.

  

Benefits of Proper Seating:

Improved Posture

The chest cavity more easily expands if the person is not slumped forward.

Better positioning improves: breathing, swallowing, digestion, lung compression, vascular health, pressure distribution

Good positioning can also improve quality of life

Posture, skin condition, ability to care for self, efficient use of limited energy and endurance, eye contact, socialisation, talking to each other, eating & drinking, watching TV, self confidence, neck/shoulder pain, lower back pain

Prevention of Skin breakdown

Proper cushions and support prevent skin and tissue breakdown by more evenly distributing pressure, thus allowing the individual to be up for longer periods without causing damage.

Improved comfort and wheelchair tolerance

Comfort and physical safety is an important concern for frail elders.

The amount of time the person feels able to be up in the chair can be used as a practical indicator of comfort.

if the person is uncomfortable in the wheelchair or day chair, they will often ask to go to bed sooner and refuse to become more involved in activities.

Oder adults experience more pain due to :

Arthritis, chronic illnesses, fatigue, diagnosed or undiagnosed spinal fractures, muscular atrophy, tendon shortening

Often with proper positioning and support this type of pain can be dramatically reduced.

Persons with dementia may not have the verbal or cognitive ability to express their pain in words or even respond appropriately when they are in pain.  However their behavious is often a good indicator of pain.

Improved Ability to Care for Self

Correct arm rest length and height allow a wheelchair to get under the table so that at meals the persoon can be close enough to reach the food and feed themselves.

A level eye gaze allows them to see in the mirror for grooming.
With the proper chair many people can independently wheel themselves from place to place.

Better Use of Limited Energy and Endurance

Frail elders often have limited stamina, endurance and energy.  When one is not positioned properly, energy is required simply to remain upright.  

A standard wheelchair weighs btween 15-19kg, a lightweight chair weighs 10-15kgs, and an ultra lightweight chair can weigh even less 8-9kgs.

Choosing a lighter weight chair can save energy for use with other activities.  With proper support the person can relax and focus on other activities such as eating or conversing.

Improved Socialisation

this can result from:Ta level eye gaze, ability to move ones self in and out of social situations, increased comfort, choice in accessing activities

Improved Quality of Life

It goes without saying that if a person is more comfortable, more independent and has better function, that person will have improved quality of life and self esteem.

Caregiver Assistance

When properly seated:

Frail elders may be easier to transfer, be able to transfer themselves, be able to toilet or feed themselves, may require less repositioning, tolerate being up for longer periods, have fewer behavioural problems.

 

For more information on seating and positioning please click here Seating products

 

 

 

XXL-Rehab has a wide product range  to cover all needs. All the products have been designed for easy access, independence, safety and on the care­giver terms.

 

XXL-Rehab Minimaxx


- Folds up easily and is easy to bring along. 
- Constructed with high-tech lightweight tubing for highest strength at lowest weight.
- Smooth drive thanks to the rigid folding system and light tubing.
- Drives very well due to the position of the rear and front wheels.
- Low seat height makes it easy to access the chair and still propel it.
- Different arm rests available.

       


 

For more information on the XXL Rehab range please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 (in)conveniences of using a Wheelchair 

What's the worst thing about using a wheelchair? The chair? Here at Batec Mobility we think the worst part of having reduced mobility isn't the wheelchair itself, but the architectural barriers and obstacles that stop us from going where others go and doing what others do. Don't miss this video: you're sure to recognise these 10 obstacles. We give you our solution to not only overcome them but have fun doing it.

Click here for more information

 

EPUAP 2015 Satellite Symposium
Presented by Amit Gefen, Ph.D.
 

The Effective Wheelchair Cushion: Applying Science to Efficacy

 

 

EPUAP 2015 Satellite Symposium
W. Darren Hammond, MPT, CWS
 

A Clinician's Look at Deep Tissue Injury

 

 

 

EPUAP 2015 Satellite Symposium
Cees Oomens, Ph.D. 

Why Different Types of Wounds Occur

 

 

We’re sharing two studies done specifically aimed at arthritis pain relief and the addition of topical analgesics like Biofreeze to help.

Study 1: Hand arthritis pain relief

Massage therapy has been a long sought-after method of pain relief for people suffering from arthritis pain. The authors of this study set out to determine whether applying a topical analgesic (Biofreeze) following massage could be more effective than massage alone in treating pain associated with hand arthritis.

Twenty adults were randomly assigned to either a massage therapy only or a massage therapy plus Biofreeze gel. Regardless of group, each participant received a weekly massage and were instructed how to properly administer a self-massage (same procedure) to be done once daily over four weeks. The massage protocol was as follows:

Field2014

After the four-week experimental period in subjects with hand arthritis, it was shown that the massage plus Biofreeze resulted in:

  • Greater improvement in hand function
  • Greater increase in perceived grip strength
  • Greater decrease in hand pain, depressed mood and sleep disturbances

 

Study 2: Knee osteoarthritis pain relief

Osteoarthritis of the knee is commonly associated with reduced joint function and inevitable pain. The purpose of this study was to compare the ability to complete functional tasks and knee pain while completing functional tasks among patients with knee osteoarthritis after topical application of either Biofreeze or a placebo gel.

Twenty individuals with knee osteoarthritis volunteered to complete two data collection visits one week apart. Subjects underwent:

  • 6-Minute Walk
  • Timed Get Up and Go
  • 30-second timed chair stand
  • Time to ascend a flight of stairs
  • Time to descend a flight of stairs

Immediately after each task, subjects reported their knee pain. Pain and functioning were measured when the patients first arrived at the clinic, then after the application of either Biofreeze or a placebo gel to the arthritic knee.

Biofreeze significantly decreased pain in 4 of 5 functional tasks:

  • Timed Get Up and Go
  • 30-second timed chair stand
  • Stair ascension
  • Stair descent

… whereas the placebo did not reduce pain in any of the functional tasks.

Applying Biofreeze to the arthritic knee also resulted in improved performance in 3 out of 5 functional tasks:

  • 6-Minute Walk
  • 30-second timed chair stand
  • Stair descent

… whereas the placebo only improved stair descent scores.

While, overall, the researchers found no significant differences between the Biofreeze and placebo groups in terms of pain or performance, the authors concluded “using topical menthol to compliment standard pharmacological treatment of knee osteoarthritis may contribute to enhanced pain relief and improve functional ability, particularly during pain-evoking activities.”

The moral of the story: enlist Biofreeze into your “arthritis army” to combat pain more effectively!

 

Sources:

Field T, et al. 2014. Massage therapy plus topical analgesic is more effective than massage alone for hand arthritis pain J Bodywork Movement Therapies18:322-325

Topp R, et al. 2013. The Effect of Either Topical Menthol or a Placebo on Functioning and Knee Pain Among Patients With Knee OA J Geriatric Phys Ther36(2):92-9.

 

 

Edema (the technical word for swelling) is common after an ankle or knee sprain, after an operation such as joint replacement, or after breast cancer surgery as ‘lymphedema.’ While swelling and excess fluid can be a sensitive condition to treat, we’re making it easier by showing you how using TheraBand Kinesiology Tape can help reduce this swelling and drain the fluid trapped in the body’s tissues.

Edema Reduction Kinesiology Taping

 

Edema reduction kinesiology taping

Not only is the use of kinesiology tape recommended to treat edema; it’s proven. In a 2009 study involving patients subjected to lower limb lengthening using the Ilizarov method who had developed edema of the thigh of the lengthened extremity found that the application of kinesiology taping in the study group produced a significantly faster reduction of the edema compared to standard lymphatic massage.

 

Later, a 2014 study found that pairing kinesiology taping with Complex Decongestive Therapy may have a better effect on decreasing lymphedema which can stimulate the reduction of edema for long term effects.

Follow along with tape master Dr. Greg Doerr to learn kinesiology tape techniques to reduce swelling!

This specific edema reduction kinesiology taping is shown for the ankle and lower leg, but this method can be used on other parts of the body as well.

 

 

 

https://dme.co.nz/kinesio-tape-2

 

 

Stop right where you are: How is your posture? Are you slumped over your computer or phone? Odds are, you’re in need for some posture exercises. Prolonged poor posture can lead to neck and shoulder pain.

posture exercises techniques
 
 

A study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation evaluating the effects of commonly used shoulder exercises on shoulder motion and resting posture in 20 subjects with forward shoulder posture found that a home exercise program of pectoral muscle stretching and scapular & shoulder muscle strengthening using TheraBand elastic resistance can improve shoulder strength, scapular motion, and posture. According to the authors, this approach may improve muscular imbalances and scapular mechanics, thus preventing or treating shoulder impingement.

Exercises in the TheraBand posture exercise protocol included:

  • Corner Stretching (10 x 10 seconds; increased five reps every two weeks)
  • TheraBand resistive exercises (1×10; add five repetitions every two weeks)
    • Scapular retraction
    • Shoulder shrug
    • Shoulder abduction
    • Bilateral shoulder external rotation

 

Postural Correction Exercises

Created By: The Academy

Description:
This exercise routine can help improve posture and alleviate neck and back pain. 

 

TheraBand CLX Scapular Retraction

 
TheraBand CLX Scapular Retraction
Instructions:
Attach the end loops of your CLX securely to your CLX Door Anchor at chest height. Begin with your body diagnolly facing the anchor point. Place your upper arm into the CLX so that the CLX is anchored just below your shoulder.Adjust your standing point to create the appropriate resistance. Pull the CLX downward and back moving only your shoulder blade.Do not rotate your trunk or hips.Hold briefly and slowly return to start position.As a more challenging exercise, add a small step backward once you have your shoulder pulled down. Then complete the exercise as normal.
 

TheraBand CLX Shrug

 
TheraBand CLX Shoulder Shrug
Instructions:
Stand on the middle of the band and grasp both ends of the CLX by your side, taking up the slack. Keep your elbows straight and lift upward. Hold and slowly return. TIP: Avoid bending your elbows to complete the motion.
 

TheraBand CLX Shoulder Abduction (Bilateral)

 
TheraBand CLX Shoulder Abduction (Bilateral)
 
 

CLX Shoulder External Rotation - Bilateral

CLX Shoulder External Rotation - Bilateral
 
Instructions:
Begin by placing both hands into an Easy Grip Loop one seal apart.With you hands in front of you and arms bent at 90° begin to move your hands away from the mid-line which will create the rotational movement in your shoulders. Be sure to keep your elbow at 90° anchored to your side and perform within a comfortable range of motion.
 
 
 
Check out our range of Theraband
 
 

Roho Research Collaborative

 

Read the full article here:    Roho Research Collaborative